Alex Willoughby Master Mason, Lodge Kenmuir No.570
Alex Willoughby was Born on the 17th September 1944 in Springburn Glasgow and was a professional football player plying his trade all over the globe. He attended Petershill Primary School, and Colston Junior Secondary School both located in the Springburn area.
Alex played youth football with his local Boys Brigade team before moving onto Drumchapel Amateurs, a team that produced many players that went on to make it in the professional and International scene.
Alex Signed for Glasgow Rangers as a Schoolboy aged 15yrs in 1959 and Professional Terms in 1961. Willoughby made his debut towards the end of the 62-63 season in a 3-1 home League win v Queen of the South, The following season (63-64) saw Willoughby restricted to only 8 appearances scoring 4 times. He made his European Cup debut in front of 80,000 fans at the Bernabeu' when he was surprisingly selected for the away leg v Real Madrid.
Willoughby collected his first winners medal in October 63', when Rangers beat Morton 5-0 in the League Cup Final before a crowd of 105,907.
In what was known as the family final, Willoughby scored one, with his cousin Jim Forrest scoring the other four.
Even with such an impressive goalscoring record for an Inside Forward, of 20 goals in 50 appearances in the past four seasons, the 66-67 season looked to be the end of the road for Willoughby.
Five months and 36 games into the season, and Willoughby had not been selected to start in any of them, and had been given only one brief appearance as a substitute.
Willoughby looked to be on his way out at Ibrox, Then the team were unexpectedly beaten 1-0 in the Scottish cup in 1967 Both strikers, Jim Forrest and George McLean were never to play for Rangers again. Propelling Willoughby back in from the darkness. This was short lived
Alex Willoughby was at Ibrox for virtually the entire decade that was the Sixties, yet he played in less than 100 games.
Willoughby moved to Aberdeen on 31st May 1969 Signed by then manager Eddie Turnbull. Alex was played in a variety of roles at Aberdeen eventually converting to Right back.
Alex made his debut for Aberdeen in a 2-2 draw against Dunfermline that once again seen him team up with his cousin Jim Forrest. Alex was injured in a tackle with John Greig which led to complications and he missed out being in the succesfull dons team of 1970. Alex made 149 appearances for the club scoring 15 goals. His name will live on in football in Aberdeen after Alex provided the Willoughby Cup which is contested for Annually by the Primary Schools in Aberdeen City,
He left Scotland in 1974 plying his trade in Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa, Finishing his playing career he coached at KA in Iceland
His cousin was former Rangers and Aberdeen forward Jim Forrest. He played alongside him at both Rangers and Aberdeen. Also playing along side a great friend of his sir Alex Ferguson.
Alex Willoughby died in East Kilbride 14th July 2004 aged 59 from cancer.
David Whyte, the former Rangers manager, said: ''Alex was a genuinely lovely guy and one of the most whole-hearted and enthusiastic players you came across.''